Introducing the inspiring tale of bravery featured in this week’s MaiStoryBook Library Collection:
“After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again” by Dan Santat
Book Synopsis and Review
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again.
Or could they…?? Humpty Dumpty is alive and back! But although his cracks may be sealed and he’s all put together again, something is still broken…on the inside. He is an egg who can no longer do what he loves ~ scale the walls in search of the highest ledge to watch the birds soar* Now, with a new fear of heights, Humpty Dumpty is grounded. From the streets he arches his neck to stare up at the birds through his binoculars. One day, a paper plane flies by~ and sparks an idea* When his new paper plane zooms over the wall, Humpty Dumpty is left with a choice~ either face his fears and climb the wall…or continue to miss out on all of the things he loves. Can Humpty Dumpty face his fears and *get back up again??*
A beautiful tale about bravery, this book is written by one of my favorite authors, Dan Santat. You may recognize him as the author from a past featured storybook, *The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend.* Just as like in the Beekle book, be prepared for another innovative tale filled with beautiful ilustrations to make your imaginations soar. I highly recommend this book for its inspiring message: to have the courage to face your fears~You’ll never know what new heights you can reach when you get back up again! Read this book to your little ones to encourage them to face their challenges one step at a time~*
- Folks (p. 2) people
- Grand (p. 2) very important
- Managed (p. 3) successful in doing something
- Admit (p. 22) say that something is true
- Terrified (p. 22) very scared
- Courage: Having the courage to face your fears can lead to new beginnings
- Don’t give up: Even when you fall, if you can’t do something the first time, always get back up and try again. You never know what new heights you can achieve.
YouTube Video: Guided Shared-Reading Read Aloud Example
Example of a shared-reading, interactive Read Aloud of “After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again” – how to subtly introduce the vocabulary list words within the text, ask guided questions, and spark conversation!
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Hatching Bravery Reading Buddy Craft
In this month of giving thanks~ I am thankful for inspiring books such as this one, that give children the courage to stretch their wings and learn to fly! Humpty Dumpty was never my favorite nursery rhyme. An egg falling off the wall had no appeal to me~Plus, it had a pretty bad ending. But what Dan Santat has done with this tale brings flutter of hope and joy to my heart! I’ve definitely had my fair share of *great falls,* and finding the courage to *get back up again* required tremendous effort and bravery. You are put into an extremely vulnerable situation~ and your last memory is of failure. However, I was lucky enough to have support every step of the way, and it absolutely took one step at a time to make my way back up. I am thankful for the overwhelming love and faith in me that I received from my family and friends. I can proudly say that I have reached new heights since that major fall. This week’s craft serves as a symbolic reminder of the glory of starting again, and finding and opening your wings! Enjoy the afternoon with your little ones, giving them the wings to fly~*
- 1 piece of black construction paper
- 1 piece of orange construction paper
- 1/2 sheet of yellow, light orange, red construction paper
- 2 sheets of white paper
Directions for Humpty Dumpty Egg
- Trace an oval egg shape on the white paper- filling up the page.
- Stack the two white papers and cut out the oval shape so that you have two egg shapes.
- Trace the egg shape onto the black paper.
- Cut out the bottom half of the egg shape. Glue it to the bottom of the egg for pants.
- Cut out two long rectangle legs with a little shoe-shape at the bottom. Glue on to the bottom of the egg for legs.
- Cut out a tie shape from the black paper. Glue it a little bit higher than half way up the egg shape.
- Use the gray marker to draw the shirt collar, using the tie as your place-marker.
- Next, cut out two skinny, white arms and glue to the sides of the egg for arms.
- With the gray marker, draw two eyes, a little curve for the nose, and a smile. Use the black marker to make the pupils.
- Next, draw a zig-zag, splitting Humpty Dumpty in half, and cut along the zig zag line so that you have two-halves.
- Take the second egg oval and place glue around the *edge* of the bottom half. Only on the edge so that you can create a pocket in the middle.
- Glue the bottom pants half of Humpty Dumpty onto the blank egg oval.
- Then, place a dash of glue at only the top part of the blank egg oval. Glue the top half of Humpty Dumpty to the top of the egg so that the top half can lift up like a flap.
- You should be able to lift up the top half of Humpty Dumpty and the bottom half should have a pocket.
Directions for Bird
- Draw an oval on the orange paper. Draw a circle on top of the oval for the head. and a trapezoid at the bottom for its tail. Cut it out.
- On the second orange paper, fold it in half and draw a wing shape. Cut it out so that you have two wing shapes.
- Glue the wings to the bird body.
- Draw two eyes and a beak.
- Cut out feather shapes from the yellow and red paper. Glue onto the wings and tale.
- *Optional: Cut out a smaller, light orange oval shape for the bird belly, and feathers for the top of the head. Glue them on.
- Fold in the wings of the bird, and tuck it into the Humpty Dumpty Pocket.
- You can now lift the top flap of Humpty Dumpty to reveal the bird within. Take out the bird and help it spread its wings and fly!
Enjoy Your Hatching Bravery Reading Buddy Craft!
- Read the story again with your new reading buddy, hatching your Humpty Dumpty Craft at the end of the book when Humpty Dumpty transforms into a bird.
- Share this craft of inspiration with family and friends to give them courage and encouragement to face their challenges.
- Use it as a reminder to your little one to have the bravery to spread their wings and fly!
*~Overall, have fun creating your own Hatching Bravery Crafts, and I hope you and your little ones have the courage to face a new challenge this week! Please comment below – tag me on Instagram @MaiStoryBookLibrary – or post on FaceBook to share your photos of your own *Hatching Bravery Crafts* and your own adventures of bravery! I’d love to hear from you!~*
*Check Back on Next Friday for our New Reading Adventure*
*~Until next time, Happy Reading~*